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Newsletter 02/2015

Let it Rain, Let it Rain

The Ministry of Presidential Affairs are looking for methods certain to produce results in an effort to boost rainfall and a prize of up to US$5 million (Dh18.3 million) is on offer to anyone who can make it rain.

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A word from the Ambassador

UAE busy with trade shows

The UAE is busy with trade shows - Dubai hosted Arab Health – the world’s second largest healthcare exhibition and conference, and Gulf Food - the world's largest annual food and beverage gathering.

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2015 - the year of innovation

UAE announced 2015 as the year of innovation perfectly aligning with the Australia Unlimited MENA theme, which also centres on Innovation, specifically around priority sectors for the region – Education, and Sustainable Urban Development.

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Member profile

36 Strategies

This month we feature 36 Strategies

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Sharon Garrett-Otter

This month we talk to Sharon Garrett-Otter, Area Director of Marketing & Communications, Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas - Abu Dhabi Cluster.

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Industry insights

Favourable outlook for London

London remains an attractive destination for Middle East investors looking to expand their property portfolio

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Taxing Times: UAE unaffected?

Tax planning has always been a topic of international debate and adjudication - will the UAE remain unaffected?

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Legal updates

A Look at Non-Conventional Trademarks

The term “trademark” normally refers to a conventional set of marks e.g. letters, numerals, words, logos, pictures, symbols, or combinations of one or more of these elements) provided that such signs are capable of distinguishing the goods and/or services of one trader to the other.

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Sponsors Updates

Qantas half year 2015 financial results

Alan Joyce announces the best first half performance for Qantas since 2010 and an improvement of AU$619 million compared with the same period last year.

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Member News

UAE declares “Year of Innovation"

The UAE Government declared 2015 “Year of Innovation” and announced a new National Innovation Strategy with the aim of becoming one among the most innovative nations in the world within a 7-year period.

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Member News

DAFZA’s year-long accomplishments

Ahmad bin Saeed praises DAFZA’s year-long accomplishments - DAFZA records 48% net profit growth in 2014.

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Latest Members Benefits

Great deals

Qasr al Sarab - 20% room discount + late check out Hertz UAE: great discounts on long-term car rental Fraser Suites - 10% room discount +15% on F&B

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Event round-up


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